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Curricular resources from the Science for Seminaries project have been developed by partner institutions and a series of educational science videos has been produced by AAAS for classroom use. Project resources are searchable by topic, resource type, ecclesial family, seminary, and core curriculum area. Use the filtering tool at right to explore the archive. For more information about curricular resources, please contact the school(s) that produced those resources. For more information about the “Science: The Wide Angle” film series or the Science for Seminaries resource archive, email us at doser@aaas.org.

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Is the Human Mind Predisposed to Religious Thought?

In this short film, Justin Barrett (Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, Fuller Theological Seminary) explores a fascinating question being asked at the forefront of the cognitive science of religion: Is the human mind predisposed to religious thought?

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Transcript: transcript
  • Study Guide: study guide

Science and Religion: The Draper-White Conflict Thesis

In this short film, historians of science Lawrence Principe (Johns Hopkins University) and Ted Davis (Messiah College) introduce a little-known story from American history that provides context for the common notion that science and religion are incompatible.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Church History, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcript

The Workings of Science

In this film, S. James Gates (University of Maryland, College Park), Michael Ruse (Florida State University), and Melinda Baldwin (author of Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal) explore the limits and methodology of science.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Video: transcript

Final Report

In this final report, we summarize the activities and findings from the pilot Science for Seminaries project, in which several theological training institutions  introduced scientific content in practical ways into their core educational programs.

  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Biblical Studies, Church History, Ethics, General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Report: Final Report

Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life

In this film, Sean B. Carroll (University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Jeff Hardin (University of Wisconsin), and Neil Shubin (University of Chicago) explore advances in biological evolution.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcripts

To Be Human

In this film, Georgia M. Dunston (Howard University College of Medicine), Frans De Waal (Emory University), and Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution) explores human uniqueness in light of advances in three branches of science: genetics and genomics, primatology, and anthropology.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcript
  • Tags:
    genetics, Science: The Wide Angle, Anthropology, Primatology, Georgia Dunston, Frans de Waal, Rick Potts

Space and Exploration: Humans in a Vast Universe

In this short film, Br. Guy Consolmagno (Director of the Vatican Observatory), Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (Astrophysicist, NASA), and Dr. David Charbonneau (Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University) introduce exciting topics in space exploration.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Biblical Studies, Church History, Ethics, General Theology, Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Physics and Cosmos
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcripts

Awe & Wonder: Scientists Reflect on Their Vocations

In this short film, many of the scientists who contributed to “Science: The Wide Angle” discuss their passion for pursuing science.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: General Theology
  • Science Topics: Earth Science & Environment, History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind, Physics and Cosmos
  • Study Guide: study guide
  • Transcript: transcript

Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond

Course Description

This one-credit course explores the history of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial as it occurred in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. The trial took place after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) convinced Dayton public school teacher, John Scopes, to intentionally violate the Tennessee anti-evolution law in order to provoke a legal confrontation.

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  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Church History, General Theology
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences, Physics and Cosmos
  • Syllabus: Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 and Beyond
  • Tags:
    evolution, Scopes Trial, creationism, history of science, Darwinism, Church & Society

Foundations of Christian Ethics

Course Description

This course is a survey of major themes, topics, and methods of contemporary Christian ethics. During the survey, we will explore how a particular method may shape one’s ethical analysis and evaluation with respect to various ethical issues, both practical and theoretical.

Particular attention is to be given to the source of moral knowledge, the justification of moral beliefs, human nature, and the place of religious conviction in politics.

  • Ecclesial Families: Mainline Protestant
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Seminaries: Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Syllabus: Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Tags:
    evolution, Christian Ethics, human nature, moral psychology, neuroscience, theology


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In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.